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Entering Queensland from overseas


If you have been in a place outside Australia in the 7 days before arriving in Queensland, you are entering Queensland from overseas.

As long as you follow the Australian Government's eligibility requirements to enter Australia, you can enter Queensland without the need to quarantine so long as you:

  • do not have COVID-19 symptoms
  • test negative within 24 hours of arriving
  • test if any symptoms develop in those 24 hours
  • do not visit any vulnerable settings (hospitals, residential aged care facilities, disability accommodation, prisons and detention centres) for 7 days.

Testing on arrival

As an international arrival who has been outside of Australia in the last 7 days, you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arriving
  • travel as directly as practicable using a private vehicle, hire car, taxi, endorsed transport provider or ride share to a residence or accommodation (cabin on a cruise liner, boat or government-nominated accommodation) until a negative result is received.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) endorsed by ATAGI are an acceptable form of COVID-19 test for international arrivals. A RAT can be undertaken at the airport after arriving. A RAT is not recommended for a child under the age of 2 years. A COVID-19 PCR test should be used instead.

If your test result is positive, follow First steps if you have COVID-19.

Proof of recent COVID-19 recovery

You are not required to undertake a COVID-19 test if you have evidence written in English stating that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the 12 weeks immediately before your scheduled flight and that you do not have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Domestic transfers to Queensland

If you enter Queensland from a place outside Australia and transfer from the international terminal to the domestic terminal (staying within the confines of the airport) to travel on to another place in Queensland, you must take a COVID-19 test on arrival at your final destination. e.g. a traveller has arrived from Singapore into Brisbane and transfers directly from the international terminal to the domestic terminal without leaving the confines of the airport. They then take a flight to Townsville. They must take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arriving in Townsville.

You must transfer from an international terminal to domestic terminal (within the confines of the airport) by an endorsed transport provider, taxi, ride share or an airport terminal transfer shuttle for your continuing flight within Queensland or another State or Territory.

If you are transferring to a flight to another State or Territory, you don't need to take a COVID-19 test in Queensland. You must comply with testing requirements in the State or Territory you are heading to, as long as you transfer from the international terminal to the domestic terminal within the confines of the airport.

Vulnerable and high-risk settings

International arrivals are not permitted to visit any vulnerable settings for 7 days after arriving unless that person:

  • is a worker in that setting
  • complies with the vaccination requirements for a worker in a vulnerable or high-risk setting
  • has no COVID-19 symptoms and is not a diagnosed person
  • undertakes a COVID-19 test and receives a negative result before commencing duties and every second day for 7 days since arriving
  • uses appropriate PPE for 7 days since arriving and the employer agrees to the worker returning.
  • is allowed by the responsible person to perform their official duties.

Government-nominated accommodation

International arrivals who do not have a suitable place of residence or accommodation to test for COVID-19, isolate or quarantine may be directed to stay in government-nominated accommodation for a period of time.

Find out more about government-nominated accommodation.